Police investigating marijuana connection in Thanksgiving homicide

Burger King Shooting
Jimmy Shopteese
Jimmy Shopteese

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police continue to investigate a homicide that occurred early Thanksgiving morning on the city’s south side. It happened in the 1900 block of East Pawnee.

At around 1:45 a.m. police arrived and found 15-year-old Jimmy Shopteese shot in the back in the Burger King parking lot. Another 13-year-old boy was with Shopteese. Shopteese was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Wichita police learned the 13 and 15-year-old had arranged to meet some people in the parking lot of a laundromat. Three people left in a car. Police said they arrested a 24-year-old man and another 15-year-old man in connection to the shooting. They are still looking for a third suspect.

According to jail booking sheets, the man arrested is identified as Darien L. Freeman. The juvenile isn’t being named.

darien-freeman
Darien Freeman

“We are working out the exact details on how the shooting occurred,” said Lt. Jason Stephens. “The victim and 13-year-old male ran to a nearby business across the street where 911 was called.”

Stephens added that there appears to be a connection to marijuana. The shooting marks the thirtieth homicide in Wichita this year.